For Hurricane Maria relief, infrastructure map lends Puerto Rico a hand

Ken Copeland
Сентября 29, 2017

Critics like Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., argued it had unnecessarily raised costs on Puerto Ricans in need of supplies.

Scott's trip comes amid growing pleas for help by Puerto Rico, which is largely without power and lacking basic services one week after Hurricane Maria struck the island.

Bossert says news of the devastation and frustration on the island isn't so much wrong as it is outdated.

Trump has faced criticism for the White House's response to the damage in Puerto Rico, which was devastated after a direct hit by the Category 4 hurricane's torrential rain and 150 miles per hour wind on September 20.

The domestic shipping industry argues the Jones Act is needed to preserve US shipping jobs and for national security. "But we have a lot of shippers and a lot of people that work in the shipping industry that don't want the Jones Act lifted, and we have a lot of ships out there right now".

But it has made the price of goods in Puerto Rico more expensive than those on the USA mainland or other Caribbean islands.

The Jones Act was waived earlier this month to provide relief assistance prior to Hurricane Irma's landfall, DHS said.

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Though Puerto Rico, a United States territory, is in the midst of a severe humanitarian crisis brought on by Category 4 storm Hurricane Maria, you might not know it if your primary source of news was President Donald Trump's Twitter account. She acknowledged some volunteer organizations might be frustrated with the lack of access, but she said any organization denied access is because they're offering services that are not among the immediate priorities.

Bossert said later Thursday that the "business model" for recover efforts had changed and that FEMA is working directly with the localities as well as state government. Also on the way are ambulances and 100 trucks carrying diesel and gasoline fuel.

"We're thinking about that", Trump said on Wednesday. "The power of this maritime lobby is as powerful as anybody or any organization I have run up against in my political career", McCain said in 2014.

"Really our biggest challenge has been the logistical assets to try to get some of the food and some of the water to different areas of Puerto Rico", Rossello said interview with MSNBC on Thursday.

Rubio said things are happening, but not quickly enough, and another agency with greater capacity with logistical and communication capabilities should be put in charge.

McClatchy reporter Joseph Cooke contributed.

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